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The environmental record of natural gas is surely better than that of wind farms, which according to the American Bird Conservancy, kill birds at a rate of up to 14 birds per megawatt per year. ...Millions of bats are also killed by wind farms each year from the rapid drop in air pressure that causes their lungs to explode.
Stocks related to wind and solar energy underperformed substantially over the past year. Although many commentators hyped the group as a play on Obama's presidency and a global cap-and-trade scheme, savvy investors made real money last year in stocks related to dirty energy sources such as coal and oil.
And don't expect wind and solar energy names to perform well this year. Even with demand likely to bounce back, both industries face massive overcapacity and falling profit margins. For solar energy stocks, a big drop in subsidies from the German government remains a major headwind. Check out the graph below.
There are many people across Ontario who are being harmed by the simple fact they live too close to wind turbines. ...The tragedy is, some families are being driven from the homes they've lived in for decades and have incurred losses - financial, emotional, health and living conditions. Many of these people welcomed green energy into their communities in the form of wind turbines in the beginning.
A doctor says she's conducted research that suggests that people living close to wind turbines are susceptible to what she calls Wind Turbine Syndrome (WTS), an illness with symptoms including sleep disorders, heart disease, panic attacks and headaches ...if the research is reproduced and backed up by further studies, it could actually have a big effect on the siting and zoning of wind farms - a 2-kilometer buffer between wind farms and buildings is substantial. It's not like we needed more reasons to slow down the installation of clean power, but if there's merit to the findings, they should be taken seriously.
In Italy, sprawling prop-style wind turbine ‘farms' are sprouting up in ever-increasing numbers and, as they do, the death toll soars for thousands upon thousands of birds of prey. ..."Wind farm building continues unchecked and within a few years we will witness the almost total disappearance from the Apennine mountains and from Sicily of the Golden Eagle, the Bonelli`s Eagle, the Griffon Vulture, the Red Kite and many others," farmers' organization Coldiretti and national environmental organizations said in a recent report in Life In Italy.com.